A social innovation is a new idea that benefits society
Social innovators are changemakers
Social Innovation for All programmes combine exploration, imagination and action
What is social innovation?
why IS THERE A NEED FOR social innovation?
Within the education system, young people have limited opportunities to develop key transferable skills such as creativity, problem solving, teamwork, communication, resilience and leadership (ref. Skillsbuilder)
Young people tell us they are rarely asked for their ideas. Voice means not only developing communication skills, but also agency, participation and citizenship. It's the opportunity to have your ideas heard and make a difference.
Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. Only 1.5% of young people in the UK get the opportunity to participate in innovation and invention opportunities at school, with disproportionate representation of private schools. (ref. Nesta)
how DOES SOCIAL INNOVATION FOR ALL work?
We work in partnership with young people, teachers and other purpose-led organisations.
A strong focus on green changemaking helps to address the lack of meaningful climate education.
We aim to create lasting change - for individuals, schools, communities and systems.
SI4A’s founder, Katherine Crisp, has over two decades of experience working with and for children and young people around the globe. She led the scale up of UPSHIFT, UNICEF’s flagship youth social innovation programme, overseeing its scale up from 6 to over 40 countries. She led the design and delivery of ImaGen Ventures, a global youth social entrepreneurship challenge, utilising the UPSHIFT approach and focusing on often underserved communities of youth in over 50 countries. In the UK, she managed and designed services with and for children and young people with disabilities and has worked with statutory social work teams.